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Massachusetts aims to have all elementary students in school 5 days a week by April

Massachusetts aims to have all elementary students in school 5 days a week by April
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Massachusetts is aiming to have elementary school students back to on-campus learning five days a week by April.

Jeffrey Riley, commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, announced the new goal Tuesday during a Department of Education meeting, CBS Boston reports.

Riley said he plans to request that the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education remove the remote and hybrid schooling options offered since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, citing decreasing COVID-19 cases and the availability of pool testing for school districts, among other factors. 

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"At some point, as health metrics continue to improve, we will need to take remote and hybrid learning models off the table," Riley said, according to WCVB.

He added, "This authority would be part of a broader plan to return more students to in-person learning this spring, assuming our state's health metrics continue to improve."

Under the state's plan outlined by Riley, parents would be able to opt for continued remote learning until the end of the school year.

The changes are contingent on Massachusetts's COVID-19 cases remaining at safe levels, CBS notes.